Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:10 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the watch.

Here it is.

I love watches (I have several watches for different occasions and clothing styles), but this thing looks ridiculous. A three inch contraption shaped like a Galaxy phone strapped to my tiny wrist?

What?

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RE[2]: Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Right, that's it..."
Vanders
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2005-07-06

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by Sodki on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
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2005-11-10

Who? Who are these people? I wish to meet them, and shake them by the neck.


I don't see what your problem is. No one is forcing you to buy a smart watch. No one. You will still be able to buy other watches.

Regarding other people, I personally don't know anyone who actually wants one, but they're out there. For example, when Apple releases its own smart watch, don't you think they will be a new craze? Don't you think a lot of people will buy them? I'm not even mentioning quality, it's probably going to be good, but either way it's a guaranteed success. Even if the only reason is the logo.

Just to reiterate, I am *not* an Apple fan and I am *not* a smart watch fan. I don't even wear a regular watch.

Edited 2013-09-01 22:34 UTC

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Vanders on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

No see, you're assuming they're out there because otherwise companies wouldn't be wasting their time developing these boondoggles. You admit yourself you're not aware of anyone who's ever expressed an interest in buying one.

Apple doesn't count: they could release anything and Apple fanboys would buy it. A cranial implant that requires 13/14 staples to attach it to the skull would fly off the shelves.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by zima on Fri 6th Sep 2013 12:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

For example, when Apple releases its own smart watch, don't you think they will be a new craze?

Apple kinda already had a smartwatch, in previous-gen iPod nano (the ~square one) which could be equipped with an armband.

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RE[3]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 04:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Right, that's it..."
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2011-05-12

I'd buy one, just not from Samsung and not with Android.

I'd love to be able to see information from my phone on my watch and I'm pretty sure once you get used to it taking out your phone will feel cumbersome. It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.

If Apple doesn't come with a watch I'd go for the Pebble.

Not sure about the neck shaking.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by WorknMan on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
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2005-11-13

It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.


I think a better approach is to tell your phone to stop beeping at you about non-important information, esp the social media crap. Not only will you save yourself $200+, but you also won't have to wear this ridiculous fucking thing on your wrist, and have to charge it every day.

If you feel like you need a smartwatch because the amount of times you pull your phone out of your pocket every day becomes cumbersome, I'd say you're way too distracted by your phone.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by ichi on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 10:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I'd love to be able to see information from my phone on my watch and I'm pretty sure once you get used to it taking out your phone will feel cumbersome. It's a great way to handle non-important information. A quick glance and you're done. No taking out the phone out of your pocket.


Just my opinion here, but it seems to me that smartwatches are one step to far into proxying the information.

Not saying that people shouldn't buy them (if they are your thing, great) but for me the whole point of buying a smartphone is being able to carry around a connected computer with a convenient form factor. I'll still be using my computer for more complex tasks, but the smartphone suffices for lots of uses and I can use it on the go.

I'm taking my smartphone around, not both my smartphone and my computer.

A smartwatch on the other hand doesn't replace my phone with a more convenient and portable form factor since I still have to carry my smartphone around anyway.

I guess the next iteration in gadgetry could be smartglasses (google glass style) that connect to the smartwatch that's connected to your smartphone, and then looking at your wrist will feel cumbersome.

Later on we could have smart contact lenses connected to the smartglasses that are connected to the smartwatch that is connected to our smartphone, so we can see important notifications straight away without even bothering to look slightly upwards to the smartglasses display.

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 01:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I used a Sony SmartWatch for a while (I believe you and I discussed it via email a while back) and while it seemed like a good idea, the execution fell short. It did allow me to glance surreptitiously at my wrist whenever my phone vibrated, instead of pulling the beast out to check the screen, but between the terrible battery life and the overall bulkiness of the large watch on my large wrist, it ended up being a waste of time.

I'm really glad I didn't pay for it ("healthy living" insurance reward in the form of an Amazon gift card), and right now it's on semi-permanent loan to a friend who was curious about the concept of a smart watch. I don't miss it, but if someone out there could get the concept down to a manageable size, with a month-long battery, for $100 or less, I'd be interested enough to give it another go.

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